Katy Perry visits Finding Neverland!
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Katy Perry poses with Matthew, Laura Michelle Kelly and Carolee Carmello after a performance of Finding Neverland on August 26, 2015.

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Matthew visits Hamilton on Broadway
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Matthew and wife Renee meet up with Lin Manuel Miranda, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr, Daveed Diggs, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Kelli O’Hara and Greg Naughton backstage after a performance of Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 24.

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Matthew and wife Renee attend the NYC premiere of “Learning To Drive” at the Paris Theatre on August 17, 2015.


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Project Runway Judges Christian Siriano, Kelly Osbourne, Aya Kanai and friends pose with Matthew Morrison backstage at the hit musical ‘Finding Neverland’ on Broadway at The Lunt Fontanne Theater on August 16, 2015 in New York City.


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Zendaya visits Matthew backstage at Finding Neverland
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Zendaya poses with Matthew backstage at ‘Finding Neverland’ at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on August 6, 2015 in New York City.

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Matthew Morrison, from ‘Glee’ to Broadway
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LOS ANGELES—Just a few minutes before, Matthew Morrison and his “Finding Neverland” cast mates stood at curtain call on stage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (in New York) to acknowledge the audience’s standing ovation and cheers. Now, the theater is almost empty. The stage is bare, but as we wait for Matthew to emerge back from his dressing room, we tease each other that we are finally making our Broadway stage debut.

When Matthew returns on stage for this interview, he has chucked away his early 20th- century costume as JM Barrie, creator of “Peter Pan,” and changed into a tee and blue jeans. He has grown a full beard for the show. But he says that the facial hair also means that he’s no longer Mr. Schuester, the beloved glee club director in “Glee,” which ended its song-filled, six-season run last March.

“That was my second show today,” Matthew says, referring to the matinee and evening performances. “Finding Neverland,” inspired by the 2004 drama that starred Johnny Depp as JM and Kate Winslet as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, marks Matthew’s return to Broadway. His previous Great White Way credits include “The Light in the Piazza,” for which he received Tony and Drama Desk nominations, “South Pacific,” “Footloose” and “Hairspray.”

The actor is in his element in “Finding Neverland,” which taps his triple-threat talents as he essays how JM came to write “Peter Pan.” Laura Michelle Kelly (luminous as Sylvia) and Anthony Warlow (as Charles Frohman and Captain James Hook—he is wonderful), who temporarily takes over for Kelsey Grammer through Sept. 10, later join our chat.

Harvey Weinstein, who produced the movie, is also behind this production directed by Diane Paulus, with a book by James Graham and music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy.

A pair of dogs that alternate in playing JM’s pet also reappears on stage and pose for pictures. Below are excerpts from our talk with Matthew:


When you were doing “Glee,” did you miss theater?

Maybe in Season Three of “Glee,” I was itching to be back on the stage. It was just like waiting till the show was over. I knew the next thing I would do after “Glee” was to be on Broadway. It was just a matter of what show.

Harvey Weinstein called me from out of the blue and said, “I got the perfect show for you.” I fell in love with it—the music, score and such an amazing creative team, Diane Paulus and me and (choreographer) Mia Michaels. It was just a no-brainer for me.

The “Glee” fans in the audience cheer you every night.

Yeah, but honestly, that’s why I grew the beard and stuff. I wanted the first impression to be, oh that’s not Mr. Schue from “Glee.” I wanted to get away from that a little bit.

Were you a fan of “Peter Pan” when you were growing up?

I loved Peter Pan Peanut Butter (laughs). When I was growing up, my thing was “Hook” with Robin Williams. That was my Peter Pan experience. I absolutely loved that movie so I wanted to be a part of it. That movie was definitely a big source of joy in my childhood.

I love telling the story behind the story. “Wicked” does that with its story (“The Wizard of Oz”). I feel that we are doing that with this. The movie, obviously, was so great and it came out in 2004.

Harvey has been wanting to make this for a long time. I think this story was meant to be on the stage because you could do so much more. The theater is a place for the imagination to come alive. That’s what I feel like we get to do every night. It’s just a thrill.

How did you practice your Scottish accent?

When I found out that I was doing this role, I practiced my accent while I was still doing “Glee.” I realized that was a mistake because I was playing Mr. Schuester and the accent started to come out. I went, “No, no, get out. ”

I had a great dialect coach named Dawn-Elin (Fraser). She really took me through the stuff because Scottish is one of the hardest accents to learn. It’s so close to Irish that it’s easy to slip into it. During previews, I don’t think I had the accent quite down. But when you do eight shows a week, you really get a lot of practice.

Is it easy to sing in an accent?

It’s funny because if you get the cast album, you won’t hear me singing in the accent as much as I do now. It’s just been a process of learning it and getting into it every night. It is easier now but I think that was one of the hardest things, for sure—learning that accent.

What have been the highlights for you so far?

Laura is such a pleasure to work with. And seeing the audience go through the journey we are taking them on every night. They are so there with it every single night. They are laughing and, at the end, they are crying. It’s cathartic and beautiful.

What have been some of the amusing miscues so far?

The dog. I never know what he is going to do. That dog gives me trouble sometimes. He just upstages me. The audience is just looking at the dog.

Does being in this play bring out the kid in you?

I feel like the theater is a great place to be a kid. This is what I was doing when I was a kid. I get to walk backstage and there’s a guy in a dog costume walking by. It’s playful and it’s fun.

Have any “Glee” cast members come and seen the show yet?

Yeah, a lot have. They have all come backstage and they are all so happy and excited to see me. But Ryan (Murphy, “Glee” creator) hasn’t come. He’s a busy guy.

How do you wind down after each show?

We eat after the show. Our hours are so weird because I can’t eat too close to a show or you will hear it (laughs). So yeah, I am about to have dinner.



Matthew Morrison had to find Neverland before he could find himself.

The 36-year-old actor, singer and dancer may have made his first big splash on Broadway when he created the role of Link Larkin in Hairspray and then became internationally famous as Will Schuester on Glee, but it’s his current job as J.M. Barrie in the hit musical Finding Neverland that helped him unlock doors in his personal life that he didn’t even know were locked.

“All my life, I’ve always felt the need to be part of a group, part of a family, and I never really knew why until I got into this show and started digging into myself.”

Based on the 2004 film that starred Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland tells the true story behind the creation of Peter Pan, one of the most iconic works in modern literature.

It looks inside author Barrie’s own empty marriage and explains how he found emotional and artistic fulfilment with the neighbouring Llewelyn Davies family, a unit consisting of four young boys and their ailing, widowed mother.

By bonding with the children and stepping into their world of imagination and fantasy, Barrie was able to not only forge a lasting relationship with them, but to break the creative logjam in his professional life and write the greatest hit of his career.

“Once I started working on the role and (director) Diane Paulus started helping me really get into it, I came to realize I’ve been doing just what Barrie did here: becoming part of someone else’s family, someone’s else’s group, so I could feel I really belonged to something,” says Morrison over the phone from Manhattan.

The eternal nice guy who never wants to offend anyone, Morrison is quick to add, “Don’t get me wrong, my parents were wonderful people. But I was an only child and they both worked in the medical field and were very involved with their jobs. They would arrange their work schedules so that one of them would usually be there with me, but I often felt like I just had a single parent.

“And when I got to high school, my friends’ families became my families. I’d have to go over to their houses for the usual family experiences.”

He was born in Fort Ord, Calif., in 1978, but “We moved around a lot when I was growing up. And even then, we weren’t ever really home that much. I guess my childhood prepared me to be in the theatre. You know what it’s like. You come into a show and create tight bonds, and then you leave.”

Strangely enough, Morrison didn’t begin with any inclination toward show business. “I was into sports more than anything else. I was a big soccer player and I saved all my performing for on the field,” he laughs.

Then one summer, “My parents sent me to Arizona to be with my cousins and my aunt sent me to a theatre camp. I still remember the name of the show we did to this day:The Herdsmen Go to Camp. It was a made-up show and I played all of the herdsmen! I still remember the energy I felt doing that. It was unreal. Unlike anything I had ever felt in my life.”

Morrison came home and “told my parents that I wanted to do children’s theatre.” He entered the Orange County High School of the Arts and never looked back, going from there to the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, which he attended for two years before dropping out to join the cast of Footloose on Broadway.

That introduced him to Canadian Jeremy Kushnier, then playing the lead role, who remains a close friend.

“When I left Tisch to go into Footloose, they told me I’d have to give up my room in the dorms as well. Luckily, the guy I was replacing in the show had been Jeremy’s roommate, so I just moved in.”

Roles in The Rocky Horror Show and Hairspray followed, and then he was cast as Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza, which earned him a Tony nomination and introduced him to the Lincoln Centre Theatre and director Bartlett Sher, who next cast him as Lieutenant Joe Cable in the immensely successful revival of South Pacific.

“I have been so lucky in my stage career. I wouldn’t have had it go any other way.”

But after nearly a decade of non-stop stage work, Morrison admits that “I was looking for a change, something different. They offered me a TV show about a bunch of kids in a choir. I didn’t really think it would have much of a life, but it sounded like fun. Shows you how much I knew.”

The show turned out to be Glee and from the minute it hit the airwaves in May 2009, it was giant news.

Morrison was cast as Will Schuester (a.k.a. “Mr. Schue”), the Spanish teacher who restored a once great school choir to its former glory by teaching the kids how to really connect with the songs they were singing and instructing them in the basic rules of showbiz pizzazz.

Although the show was a hit from the start, Morrison took a while to catch on, with some critics finding him a little bland in the role. He now admits it was a deliberate choice.

“I went into the show wanting to keep my distance from the kids a bit so I could be their teacher figure, but the show took off so quickly, we connected whether we wanted to or not and from then on it was just great.

“Going through that experience together, we had to grow up fast. We had many happy moment and some tragic ones.”

It goes without saying that the sudden death of Cory Monteith from a 2013 drug overdose was the saddest of all.

Morrison’s voice changes when he talks about Monteith.

“We all thought he had been clean for so long that it was just devastating to us. I was doing a concert that night and when I got off the stage, there was a phone call from (series creator) Ryan Murphy telling me about Cory.

“I had two more concerts the next day and I thought of cancelling them, but I said, ‘No, I’ll think of Cory and incorporate my feelings into what I’m singing.’”

Glee finally came to the end of its road and, during the last season, producer Harvey Weinstein phoned Morrison to pitch the idea of him playing Barrie in the Broadway musical he was planning.

“I went home that night, watched the movie again and thought, ‘Yeah, there’s something there for me.’ And you don’t say no to Harvey Weinstein.”

Morrison admits that the creative process was “frantic” getting the show to New York and there were so many rewrites that “we killed a lot of trees in the process, but I totally love it.”

Despite being scorned by most of the critics and snubbed by the Tony Awards, the show is playing to capacity houses and grossing well over a million dollars a week.

Morrison happily admits, “Every night right before the curtain opens, I have this incredible feeling of excitement at having the opportunity to do this.

“And many nights, at the end of the show, when (the mother) Sylvia dies, yes, I think about Cory.”



“That was so much fun and such a crazy ride. I loved being in it every step of the way.”


“Everybody involved in that show knew we were working on something special, something once in a lifetime.”


“When you get to sing a song like ‘Younger than Springtime’ every night, you get to know what lucky means.”


“I never thought it would become such a success, but boy, am I glad it did! Anything that gives people that much joy is worth it.”


“This has put me in touch with my Scottish roots. It’s a shame my grandma has just passed. She would have loved this.”


“Finding Neverland” celebrates 150 performances!
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‘Finding Neverland’ celebrates 150 performance on Broadway at The Lunt Fontanne Theater on July 25, 2015 in New York City.

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